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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / June and July 2014 UK Tour

By on Friday, 30th May 2014 at 9:00 am

Brooklyn indie pop quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have announced a short list of UK tour dates to support their upcoming release ‘Days of Abandon’. Prior to the UK dates below, the band are set to embark on a tour of Europe, which will include both festival dates and headline shows with Brighton’s Fear of Men.

‘Days of Abandon’ is set for release on Monday, the 2nd of June, on Fierce Panda. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Sunday 29th June 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Monday 30th June 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Tuesday 1st July 2014 – Glasgow Mono
Wednesday 2nd July 2014 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thursday 3rd July 2014 – London Scala


Video of the Moment #1481: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By on Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 6:00 pm

New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s latest promo is meant to be a playful stab at the frightening proliferation of subtly moving GIFs on the internet, but it succeeds mostly as being…a creepy black and white video about socialites from another generation having a party…? Have a watch and listen to ‘Simple and Sure’, which sounds classic Pains, below.

The next Pains of Being Pure at Heart album, named ‘Days of Abandon’, will be out in mid-May.



(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1457: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By on Monday, 24th February 2014 at 6:00 pm

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be making an appearance at SXSW 2014 next month, which if you’re counting is just 2 weeks off now, if you haven’t already started freaking out. Ahead of an American tour and SXSW, they’ve released this very basic video for ‘Art Smock’, filmed shakily and in black and white. Funnily enough, most of the comments on Facebook about the video have centred around frontman Kip Berman’s fringe. Ha! Watch it below.

The band have promised “More news soon!”, so we hope this means a new album is on the horizon. Fingers crossed.



Video of the Moment #1403: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By on Wednesday, 4th December 2013 at 6:00 pm

It’s been 2 years on since The Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s second album, ‘Belong’, on Slumberland Records. And just in case you needed to be reminded of their existence – because let’s face it, in these kind of times, not having a release in over 2 years pretty much means you’re invisible – here is the promo for the title track. Rather astonishingly, it looks like frontman Kip Berman and keyboardist Peggy Wang are wearing the same shade of lipstick in this glammed up incarnation of themselves, performing to an audience of fans. Watch the video below.



TGTF Top 10: Songs with Science-y Titles

By on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 11:00 am

With the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and Physiology, Physics and Chemistry announced this week, us here at TGTF thought it would be fitting for some discussion of the best songs that have managed to sneak science into their titles. This year’s Literature and Peace Prize winners have also been announced, but let’s face it. There are way too many tunes that would be appropriate and it’s a lot easier to get peace and love into a song, and music is just another art like literature, innit? So without further adieu…

10. Freelance Whales – ‘Enzymes’ (chemistry)
I’m not sure what this song means. “Turn into the tide / spill out your enzymes”: is that a sexual reference? Or maybe a cleansing of your soul? Not sure. Either way, they start the list with a obviously geeky song title.

9. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – ‘Twins’ (medicine / physiology)
While it would have been cool to have a song that was literally about the making of twins, this song instead is talking about how people can be perceived as twins as being peas in a pod. Which is the closest you’re going to get outside of genetics. And sheer luck.

8. Everything Everything – ‘Tin (the Manhole)’ (chemistry)
A song with a chemistry title but really about mortality (so could fit in the medicine / physiology group too).

7. Muse – ‘The Resistance’ (physics)
While it’s a stretch with “love is our resistance”, the next line “they keep us apart and they won’t stop breaking us down” actually, rather hilariously, sounds like how in biology, a receptor grabs onto its substrate: made for each other.

6. Maximo Park – ‘Our Velocity’ (physics)
“Never, never try to gauge temperature / when you tend to travel / at such speed / it’s our velocity” – it’s like a physics nerd’s love poem!

5. Tom Williams and the Boat – ‘My Bones’ (medicine / physiology)
Tom Williams effectively harnesses the feelings deep down in one’s bones, the only kind that love lost can engender.

4. The Wombats – ‘Anti-D’ (medicine / physiology)
This is the true story of lead singer Murph’s experience with anti-depressants that didn’t work. It even names citalopram, an actual anti-depressant that physically makes it impossible to cry (“the only tears come from our heads when we concentrate”).

3. Noah and the Whale – ‘Two Atoms in a Molecule’ (chemistry)
Love compared to what happens when two atoms come together to make a molecule? Yes, Charlie Fink *did* go there.

2. Mystery Jets – ‘Serotonin’ (medicine / physiology)
Named after the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter, it’s used effectively here as a way to call out a girl’s name (“Sarah…serotonin…”) and describe the way you feel like when you’re in love. Perfect, really.

1. OMD – ‘Electricity’ (physics)
The song is literally about power, or rather the wasting of it by mankind. Who knew the current flowing through Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs had it going on? And it was the ’80s, so here is a catchy as hell synth melody.

Honourable mention: Thomas Dolby – ‘She Blinded Me with Science’
It’s set in a wacky (no pun intended) mental institution. And come on, there’s an actual scientist – Magnus Pyke – in the video and adding strange interjections into the song. It doesn’t fall into any category but we’d be remiss not mentioning it on this list.


Video of the Moment #527: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By on Tuesday, 19th July 2011 at 6:00 pm

Here’s the new promo vid for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s song ‘The Body’. It’s a delightfully sunny video with just a twinge of the angst of…growing up. And oh, those kids they chose to be the kid versions of themselves are adorable.



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